Our Prosecco is classified as “Brut” style which is the driest of sweetness levels made here, and the healthiest as it is lower sugar. It’s delightful, carefree but not careless. A lovely and fine glass of bubbles, beautifully suited to our coastal lifestyle here, don’t wait for a special occasion, if the sun’s out, chill a bottle and go for it.
Light green in colour with lively, persistent bubbles.
Attractive green pear and tropical fruits on the nose with a very food-friendly fresh palate.
Hand-picked early in vintage 2023, this was our first make of Fiano, so we have gone for a really lean and clean, classically simple style to express the place – chalky, and variety – citrus. Crunchy, fresh and light (only 11% abv) the sort of wine that sits comfortably chilled, with a platter of natural oysters on the table, the wine adding lemon and salinity, thirst-quenching.
15.5+, Max Allen, Jancis Robinson, October 2023: "First crop of Fiano at H&Y, made very simply: ambient-yeast cool ferment, ageing in stainless steel, bottled after nine weeks. That lovely varietal Fiano fragrance – a touch of green apple, citrus and handcream – then a little lean and cool, with a gentle rain of acidity on the tongue. Will fill out in bottle over the next couple of years.”
Our pretty little white just keeps on getting better, with the fruit for this wine being the first of the 2023 harvest handpicked for that super crisp dryness that you all seem to love.
With flavours of grapefruit, cucumber, dill, lemon barley, and tonic water. Clean, saline, briny, zesty, citrus fresh. Finishes long and cool with licks of talc and sea spray. Delicious, petit, fun!
Will go beautifully with Smoky Bay Oysters; salt & pepper tofu; almond frangipane and poached pear tart.
92 points, Winepilot, August 2023: https://winepilot.com/story/hither-yon/ ‘The beautifully named Muscat blanc à petits grains is the basis of the Petit Blanc, and I believe it’s the first time I’ve ever had this grape in a dry form (it’s regularly seen in the sweet French wines Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise and Muscat de Rivesaltes). Despite its tendency to make “grapey” wines, I found this to be much more aromatic than expected, with distinct orange blossom, lemon and wax characters, and delightful lychee and spice notes that developed with some air. The palate is very zippy, salty and silky, with a slight sourness, and it pairs nicely with cheese (provided it’s not too bitter), heightening the aromatics.
Reviews of 2022 Petit Blanc:
93 points, The Wine Front 2022, Mike Bennie: "Much drier, saltier and crunchy that the decent 2021, this feels a lot more Mediterranean in feel and style. It’s a muscat blanc, made dry, of course, and picked earlier and made to dry. Planted 1980s. It shows the variety calling cards of frangipani and general perfume but with sea spray, alpine herb and tonic water scents. Flavours echo this, it’s tingly, mouth-watering and super fresh with soaring drinkability. Citrusy fresh, briny, long and cool. Takes me to Sicily/Sardinia in a way. So delicious here.
Reviews of 2021 Petit Blanc:
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "While it is not on the label, this is straight up muscat à petits grains. Light-weight, beautifully aromatic and palpably dry, this is the sort of wine served as an apero while staring at the Mediterranean, from the Languedoc to the Côte d'Azur. Honey blossom, jasmine, musk, grape spice, dill and a rub of citrus unwind across a talcy palate. Delicious drinking."
90 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock: "Aromas of cut grass, lemon juice and peel and fresh-picked sage make a fresh impression on the nose, as well as lychee and honey. The palate has a smooth, softly fleshy feel with pear pastry. Fresh finish."
Reviews of 2020 Petit Blanc: Mike Bennie, Winefront, 91 points: "What a fun thing from H&Y. And good thing. Cucumber, lemon squash, green herbs. Good scents. Lots of juicy, bouncy fun in the palate. More cucumber, lemon squash, Real Lemonade perhaps, some green apple. Zingy finish whips things tart and clean. Good times. Lots of personality and lots of drinkability."
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin MW, : "This is fun! Grapey and spicy. Think canned lychee, orange blossom and jasmine scents, all careening along talcy rails of chew and acid freshness. The finish is dry and has plenty of pucker. Drink with gusto."
Reviews of 2019 Petit Blanc: Adelaide Review 2020, Hot 100 Wines, Light Aromatic Wines: "An intriguing wine with a light aromatic lift, initial savoury aromas are followed by n, orange, and nashi pear. This wine is deliciously weighted with a pleasing phenolic grip and lovely acid".
Reviews of 2018 Petit Blanc:
90 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion<: "Citrus and tropical fruit flavours are attractive enough, but the slippery-satiny nature of the texture here makes this pretty white wine enjoyable to say the least."
Reviews of 2017 Petit Blanc:
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, September 2017 www.winefront.com.au
"Made from Muscat Blanc a’ Petits Grains. I don’t recommend most white wines be served too chilled, but I think this style is best served with a bit of frost on it. Perfumed and musky, kind of light and briny too, with delicate flavour, mainly lemon and lemon barley. It’s got zip and freshness, a bit of fragrance, and it’s VERY easy to smash down with gay abandon. A wonderful wine for summer luncheons, and the like, preferably featuring a sea breeze. I like it, but it is what it is, and that, in this case, is a good thing. The simple things etc." 88 points.
Huon Hooke, November 2017, www.huonhooke.com "Pale almost water-white colour and a pungent muscat fruit aroma, which is clean as a whistle and appropriately fragrant. Passionfruit traces. The wine is surprisingly dry in the mouth, like a French muscat blanc sec. As such, it would make a good aperitif wine. A very good, if simple, varietal dry white." 89 points
James Halliday, 1 August 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au "The fact that its grape variety (muscat blanc à petit grains) might cause people to expect an off-dry wine is neither here nor there, hither or yon. It's fresh, delicate, crisp, dry and faintly lemony." 88 points
Greco is a fine, aromatic, firm, late ripening white from Campania in the south coast of Italy, we think it's very well suited to our environment. This is our first 100% varietal Greco and we are proud as punch!
This golden hued beauty boasts hints of straw, cashew nut, orange blossom, white jasmine and caraway on the nose, with the flavours of summer; a ginger, pear pastry and zesty lemon on the palate. Mouth-watering and perfect for warm weather and sharing with friends.
16.5++, Max Allen, Jancis Robinson, October 2023: "This, the first proper crop of Greco for Hither & Yon, was the last variety they picked in McLaren Vale in 2022 – and still had such high acid that they put the wine through malo and lees-stirred in old barrels for six months to build richness. Looks a little developed, quite golden in the glass (typical of Greco), with textural savoury layers, some mandarin-peel-like waxiness, a delicious combination of richness and underlying citrus cut that should develop in a really interesting way in bottle.”
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, March 2023: "A new wine for H&Y, from vines planted in 2019, but gee, they are doing well. A few hours on skins and then into old wood for malo and lees stirring. Brassy colour. Nutty, saline, floral, tangerine and nashi pear. It’s spicy and offers dusty white pepper tannin, a little nutty/pastry richness, but plenty of juicy tangerine acidity, and a saline finish that’s refreshing and gently grippy. What a great debut. Highly recommended.”
Tony Love, InDaily, February 2023: "This wine comes specifically from Sand Road, the southern Italian variety clearly loving its new home. It’s gold to light orange toned, bright and shiny – not cloudy – and is all toast and butter, roasted nuts as well with a slice in there of mandarin peel. The standout here is the textural palate, minerally and tangy with fabulous mouth-watering pithy, peppery tannins. Virtually impossible to describe the finish as it’s impossible to resist a second glass. A wonderful surprise, and will change the white wine game for trad sauvignon or chardonnay drinkers.”
Like biting into a crunchy, flowery red apple picked straight off a blossoming tree. With an aperitif of orange slices and bitter herbs, cranberry juice, tart and dry. This is adelicious food friendly Rosé perfect for drinking now. Certified carbon neutral and vegan friendly wine.
91 points, Lisa Cardelli, Winepilot, October 2023: "Mataro, Mourvèdre, Monastrell. Call it as you wish, but the most important thing here is that it can shine by itself without being the third wheeling in the GSM love story. It opens with fresh mulberries, black cherries, and pomegranate. It’s vibrant and fragrant, with an earthy, herbal component that reminds me of somewhere, under the summer sun, around the coastal area of Southern France. On the palate is ample, spicy, savoury and scream for someCassoulet." "
We pick the fruit for this Rosé early for a dry style, made traditionally, with the hallmarks of Aglianico herbs and savoury minerality. This is a full-bodied Rosé for all-year-round drinking, juicy and puckering, watermelon, pink grapefruit, botanical bitters, cherry and pomegranate. Flavour rushes and lingers, savoury grip with saline freshness, mineral and dry, serious style but still ultimately delicious.
16/20, Jancis Robinson, September 2023: https://www.jancisrobinson.com/tastings/268753 "Lovely example of the pale, dry style of rosé that has become ubiquitous these days: good fragrant slightly rustic (in a good way) rose-hip flavours, helped along the savoury path by Aglianico’s fine, dusty tannins. Delicious. (MA)."
92 points, The Wine Front 2022, Mike Bennie: "Strong currency in regenerative agriculture and progressive environmental considerations from Hither & Yon. Here’s aglianico in a rose, pressed off slowly over/after three hours. It’s fresh and fruity, bright and lovely. Rosy fruit characters, floral and cherry-imbued, licks of Campari and pomegranate too. A bit of grip makes things nice, a light chew and pucker making for good texture. A light dusting of peppery/clovey spice in the mix too. Just-so, easy to like, a bit serious, plenty drinkable."
Reviews of 2021 Rosé:
92 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "This is good rosé, hewn of a majestic variety, handpicked and fermented wild. There is a ferrous chew as much as a sluice of red berries, a smattering of dried herb, tobacco and plenty of saline freshness. The wine expands, unwinding across its textural latticework while billowing intensity and impressive length. Among the best examples in the country."
90 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock: "Bright, fresh aromas of strawberries and watermelon with dried red flowers, too. The palate has a fresh, lightly crunchy edge with bright, easy going strawberries and light red cherries."
Reviews of 2020 Rosé:
The Wine Front, Mike Bennie, 95 points: "Something different, something good. Pale orange, barely pink colour. Rose gold maybe. Chewy texture, bright cherry pip flavours, some salty-nutty savouriness, good length, good sense of vibrancy, mouth-watering finish. This does a lot. Really good drinking. Really."
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin MW: "Straight aglianico. Picked relatively ripe and fermented wild. All bodes well. Onion skin/gentle coral hue. Musk stick, sour cherry bitters, mandarin, pomegranate and cumquat. The phenolic rails are saline and refreshing; the acidity, crunchy. An entertaining rosé that is dry, thirst-slaking and gulpable"
Reviews of 2019 Rosé:
2019 Drink Easy Competition: Best Rosé: "Well-structured dry rosé with scents of fresh strawberries, raspberries, red currants and cherries, a mix of redness wedded to rose petal and some light vermouth-botanical notes. Texture and finish is dry, though there is a light juiciness somewhere in there too. Lovely stuff."
Reviews of 2018 Rosé:
89 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "Unusual Rose with strawberry, candied citrus and Turkish delight flavours/aromas lighting up the glass. There's some sweetness to the palate but the finish reasserts some kind of dry order. Best served well chilled but given that it has carefree days written all over it."
Reviews of 2017 Rose:
Adelaide Review, Hot 100 Wines 2017/2018: "Exciting stuff: fleshy Rose with white peach, loads of texture, bold yet elegant and so very tempting."
Reviews of 2016 Rosato:
91 Points, Andrew Graham. www.ozwinereview.com, September 2016: "Immediately there is Muscat juiciness bursting out with lychee fruit goodness. Love that smell. Given the grapiness, it’s a surprise really that this isn’t sweet. Intrigue. Long, and open palate has very gentle acidity and a light finish. It’s not profound, but it’s not meant to be either. Captures the Muscat fruit perfectly. This will be a massive hit.""
92 Points, Stuart Robinson, www.thevinsomniac.com, July 2016: "Delightfully pale onion skin in colour, musk and Turkish delight waft out. Cool, crisp, before the tropical fruits come on: passionfruit mainly - but there's also this fine, powdery texture that gently coats the cheeks. Latterly a touch of citrus rind comes on, immediately freshens the palate and gives a secondary wave of flavour that delivers length. Clever."
James Halliday, 01 August 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au "Ultra pale pink; you might think this was part of whole grenache given its Turkish delight nuances, and be further confused by the palate which is part sweet and part dry - given its muscat rouge component it may be as much fruit as residual sugar. A fun wine, take it anywhere you please." 89 points
As pretty as it is tasty, this bright-purple blend is lively and succulent with plenty of grip and fresh acidity. Red berry fruits on Grenache Mataro 2021 take centre stage, complemented by a savoury earthiness. It'll age well and is sure to be a big hit around the dinner table once it's opened.
"Bright, youthful and crunchy with aromas of red cherries, raspberries, pink peppercorns and white pepper. Medium-bodied with vibrant acidity and fine tannins. Peppery and wild finish. 70% Grenache and 30% Mataro. Delicious now."
92 points, Angus Hughson, Vinous, February 2023:
"The 2021 Grenache and Mataro blend really delivers thanks to an expressive and generously fruited style radiating with black cherry, baked earth, red currants and older oak with a classic touch of McLaren Vale old iron. The palate is beautifully pitched - mouth-filling flavors and al dente tannins are superbly balanced to deliver genuine power and length."
93 points, Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal, December 2022:
"Medium deep crimson. Strawberry, red cherry, blueberry, bubble gum hint aromas. Sweetly fruited wine wine with ample red fruits, supply velvety textures and fresh indelible acidity before finishing crunchy and long. Very good viscosity and mineral length. Drink now to 2026."
91 points, Wine Advocate 2022, Erin Larkin: "The 2021 Grenache Mataro is composed of 70% Grenache from the Hunt Road vineyard and 30% Mataro from the Sand Road vineyard. This is great! It is vibrant, nervy and fresh, with a skein of tannin that courses through the fruit. The acidity is briny and makes for juicy drinking. Well played."
Reviews of 2020 Grenache Mataro:
93 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock:
"Strikingly bright and fresh raspberry aromas here with wild herbs and bracken, as well as leafy tones. Lively red and blue fruit sits concentrated on the palate. A fresh blend of 70% grenache and 30% mataro."
90 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin:
"Hand picked, with a smidgeon of whole bunches (10%) in the 70% grenache. The oak, all used barriques. Sweet floral aromas segue to Turkish delight and kirsch. White pepper, Seville orange zest and clove lace the long finish. Sappy, crunchy and yet, a bit sweet."
Reviews of 2019 Grenache Mataro:
92 Points Winefront by Mike Bennie:
"From good folks comes a good wine of good grapes from two good vineyards. Tension is the first thing that came to mind. This ain’t no blousy red. No, indeed, it sits on train tracks of tannin and acidity, a good bite of amaro tang and amongst all that some jubey, blackcurrant fruitiness. Perfume is mild but floral-leaning with dashes of peppery spice. It’s a wine that has you sit up straight and pay attention. It’s a bit serious, but good in that way. Medium weight, svelte, tense. Good stuff."
Reviews of 2018 Grenache Mataro:
James Halliday, Wine Companion, January 2020, 95 points and top value wine: "Classic southern Rhône Valley style, with the wild herbs and spices of the garrigue giving pleasure in the rims of aromas and flavours alike. It will be hard to keep your hands of it, but it could be a knockout with more time in bottle. 14.5% alc."
92 Points, James Suckling: "Bright, red-fruit fragrance here with some darker berries in the mix, too. The palate is crisp, succulent and juicy, as a good young grenache should be."
Mike Bennie - WBM March/April 2020, 93 points: "There's a really lovely marriage of sweeter fruit gamey, earthy characters in this wine. I like the general sense of detail in the wine too - sheets of fruit character layered on spice, savouriness and a fresh pool of acidity. It feels quietly complex but wildly drinkable."
Reviews of 2017 Grenache Mataro:
James Halliday, Wine Companion, August 2018, 94 points and red value star:
"Superb colour; at maximum turbocharged revolutions, but the power is smoothly delivered across the palate. Because the balance is very good, this richly endowed wine will repay cellaring particularly well."
Mike Bennie, WBM July 2018, 93 points:
"Lovely stuff. Fragrant with musky-spice, raspberry and cranberry scents. The palate does a similar turn and sits squarely in a medium wieght wine zone. Some heft to the flavours but the finish is a bell ring of clean acidity. Appealing as. 14.5%, $27."
Decanter World Wine Awards. Silver Medal. 93 points. www.decanter.com
Reviews of 2016 Grenache Mataro:
Andrew Graham, Oz Wine Review, June 2017, www.ozwinereview.com
"The Leask Brothers are switched on growers and these wines typically show plenty of sunny generosity (if sometimes a little heat). The blend here is 60/40 Grenache Mataro; a good mix. Lots of juicy black and red berry fruit. Lovely. The tannins have a real sandy Grenachey shape to them (but with a licoricey oomph). Palate is silky smooth, slightly syrupy but really quite satisfying in its curranty flow, a big luscious wines that is very young, but exuberantly so. It could do with another year in bottle to integrate the bold flavours a little, but the flow of red fruit is undeniably attractive. Very well priced too. Best drinking: 2018-2028. 17.7/20, 92/100+. 14.5%, $25."
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, May 2017, www.winefront.com.au
"60% Grenache, 40% Mataro. I don’t have a feel for 2016 in McLaren Vale, as yet, but so far, I like what I see. A hearty red, but one that’s not too heavy. Red fruits, some floral perfume, slight confectionary notes, but tapered in with dried herb. It’s medium bodied, juicy and savoury at once, with a rub of sandy tannin, fresh red fruits, and a gently bitter amaro herb and earthy aftertaste. This goes all right. Good drinking here." 91 points
Huon Hooke, April 2017, www.huonhooke.com "Deep red/purple colour, the bouquet black cherry, spices, firm tannins and good body weight. A nicely judged kiss of oak. Balanced and complete." 90 points
Stuart Robinson, May 2017, www.thevinsomniac.com
"Nigh on pitch-perfect 60/40 blend of two listed players. There's just something so wickedly, consistently, deliciously moreish about H&Y reds. This no exception, it extracts a juicy, jubey aromatic without straying too far towards confection. Call it an allure, call it what you will, inviting is what it is. Slipping around the palate with ease in its easy going, red fruited nature. There's more juicy red fruit, a slip of tannin providing an edge, a framework to carry. Mataro brings up the rear, it's bassy foundations adding length, substance, spice." 91 points
Reviews of 2015 Grenache Mataro:
August 2016. 90 Points. Huon Hooke. www.huonhooke.com "Spicy, sweet cherry, confectionery aromas. The palate is tight and lean with firm, fine tannins and a pleasant after-grip. A good, clean, bright wine of some depth. Very smart wine."
August 2016. James Halliday, Wine Companion. 92 Points www.winecompanion.com.au
"Aromas and flavours are both savoury and sweet-fruited with raspberry, chocolate, and mulchy notes in the mix. Well integrated tannin and acid keeps things fresh and in order. "
May 2016. Max Allen, Australian Gourmet Traveller. www.gourmettraveller.com.au
Top Drops of the Month, No 1. "heaps of juicy red berry-fruit flavours, but there is also a delicious gutsy earthiness-like sweet black composting leaf litter-that sets it apart".
March 2016. Stuart Robinson. 91 points. www.the vinsomniac.com.au A 60/40 blend of Grenache and Mataro respectively, and 100% McLaren Vale. Raspberry, red fruit, some wild herb/garrigue thing with a choc-raspberry-fudge milkshake. Trust me, it works. Juicy, a little dark fruit, chocolate, fine tannin; palate enlivening acidity that brings back the wine full circle. There's fruit in abundance, a little savoury tickle, good length. Another stellar wine.
February 2016. Winsor Dobbin. www.winsorschoice.blogspot.com.au This is a fabulously accessible blend of 60% grenache and 40% mataro – the ripe, sweet grenache fruit melding with the earthy funkiness of the mataro to produce a beautifully balanced red that is designed for immediate enjoyment. No need to cellar this one; just put some gourmet sausages on the barbeque and you have a wine/food match made in heaven.
February 2016. 90 points. Gary Walsh. www.winefront.com.au Good stuff. It’s crisp and perky, almost Italianate. Raspberry rope, strawberry, dried herb perfume. Medium bodied, crunchy and fresh, red fruits, light sandy tannin, more red fruits on the finish. Almost a ‘volcanic rock’ kind of thing going on. Nice to see a McLaren Vale wine that so bright and ‘food friendly’.
A medium-bodied cab sauv flowing with black fruits, chocolate and a touch of spicy oak. With firm structure, fine tannins and plenty of brightness and lift, it's pleasurable drinking now and showing some good ageing potential.
Angus Hughson,Vinous, July 2023 "The modern 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale focuses on drinkability and does it well. Mulberry bush and dark cherry aromas with a solid herbal undertone provide a vibrant start. Fleshy fruits, balanced acidity and well-weighted tannins with a savory, cedary finish of good length define a juicy palate. Solid and ready to go."
92 points, James Suckling "A bright and vivid array of blueberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants with elements of bracken, leaves and hints of chocolate, too. There’s a plush, supple feel to the palate. Medium body. Red plums and cherries throughout. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
Reviews of 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon:
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin MW: "Good-drinking cabernet at the price. Jubey, relatively soft and easygoing, without being anodyne. The extraction of 16 days seems deft in lieu of the bright attack, tannic detail and lithe, crunchy finish. Red-fruit aspersions, some garden herb and green-olive notes round out the package."
91 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock: "Aromas of redcurrants and cassis with black cherries, as well as leaves and forest wood. Some florals, too. The palate comes filled with fine tannins that carry plenty of red and dark-berry flavors. Fresh, mid-weight style."
Reviews of 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon:
94 points , The Real Review, Huon Hooke: "Deep red colour with a strong purple tint. The bouquet is reserved but fresh and cabernet-berry-ish, with a lovely core of fruit sweetness at the centre surrounded by abundant soft tannins. The palate is full-bodied and elegantly cast, with classic cabernet structure and firm tannins completing the picture. The finish is refreshing. This looks to have a bright future. An excellent cabernet and astounding value."
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin MW: "Stock-standard regional cabernet for those seeking a full-bodied red with few surprises. This oozes mint, dried sage, bitter chocolate and cassis scents, all slung over a frame of French oak and fuzzy tannins."
Reviews of 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon:
91 points, James Suckling: "Aromas of graphite, cassis and mint as well as mulberries and forest leaves. The palate has a very rich, intense core of dark cherries, blackberries and cassis. Bold, drinkable style."
Reviews of 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon:
Gold Medal at the CWSA 2017, http://www.cwsa.org
James Halliday, August 2018, 93 points and red value star, www.winecompanion.com.au "A supremely honest McLarne Vale Cabernet, with warm blackcurrant fruit and a cache of dark chocolate, alongsidey the tannins that will emerge with age."
June 2017. Gary Walsh - The Wine Front. 92 points. www.winefront.com.au "Dark fruit, chocolate, a sweet dried herb lift, almost a Dutch liquorice thing too, which I love. Medium bodied, good depth to the fruit, though not heavy either, with oak in the back seat, and drinking pleasure at the wheel. Finish has a Cabernet accent, in with a gentle herbal seasoning, and no shortage of length. So well done."
May 2017. Mike Bennie - Wine Business Magazine. 93 points. www.wbmonline.com.au "This release from the creative set at Hither & Yon strikes a chord. Theres a generosity to the wine, it reeks of dark plums, mocha, green herbs, dried fruits and the palate takes a similar path. The distinction here is that the flavours find a brightness even with the weight of deep, dark fruit character, and oak seasons rather than smothers. Generosity reigns well here."
Reviews of 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon:
August 2016. James Halliday - Wine Companion. 91 Points. www.winecompanion.com.au "Definitive cabernet aromas hold sway, regional influence playing its part and oak chiming in. Evenly flavoured on the palate, the typical firm cabernet structure in good balance with the typical McLaren Vale generosity."
August 2016. Gary Walsh. 91 points. www.winefront.com.au "Has a pleasant, jubey sort of Throaties® perfume, blackcurrant, blackberry and the like, with subtle spiced oak. Medium bodied, again a little jubey, but nicely done with gummy grippy tannin, freshness and energy, and a cool earthy and black olive laced finish of pleasing length. Very nice."
Wine Enthusiast (USA). March 2016. 91 points. The pitch black wine has a thin dark ruby rim.The attractive and forward nose smells of cassis, sweet spices, sugarcoated walnuts and dates. The palate layers on baked blackberries, pencil lead and dried figs. Moderately long on the finish, this wine is feisty, and youthful. Its strucutre of lightly strappy tannins, brisk acidity and its wealth of well proportioned aromas and flavours point to ageing potential. Drink now through to 2020.
Stuart Robinson. August 2015. 90 points. www.thevinsomniac.com "There's just something about the Hither & Yon wines, be it visual appeal, relative ease on the pocket, approachability without sacrificing varietal character. Consistent. That too. Cherry ripe-esque: mass of fruit over chocolate, without eschewing varietal character. Per the Hither & Yon style, a wine of easy going nature; medium-bodied elegance, suggestion of blueberry and bright fruit in general. So easy - and pleasurable - to drink, not an easy feat to achieve."
We chose four separate blocks for this regional Shiraz. Breakneck Creek Elliott Block (planted 1994), Sand Road Block 3 (planted 2014) and McLaren Hills Block 4 Stock (planted 2001), Hillenvale Dashwood Block (planted 2018). Mixing soil types and site influences creates complexity and also balance in the palate.
Here's what Mal & Richard say about it: "The individual parcels really work in harmony, we see real vineyard character in the wine, blueberry and mulberry, chocolate and French oak, fruit and earth feeling opens beautifully in the glass."
Medium-deep crimson. Fresh blackcurrant, blackberry aromas with hints of marzipan and spice. Inky deep and sinuous with plentiful dark berry fruits, marzipan, hint ginger notes, fine al dente tannins, very good mid-palate volume and fresh long mineral notes.
Reviews of the 2021 Shiraz:
92 points, Angus Hughson, Vinous, February 2023
The 2021 Shiraz is a hearty expression from McLaren Vale, delivering good levels of flavor and complexity. There is an attractive impact of new leather and blackberry aromas with a nice dose of ironstone. Fleshy mulberry and olive tapenade flavors follow with satisfying density and ripe tannins on the finish.
92 points, Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal, December 2022
Medium deep crimson. Bush garrigue, red cherry, red liquorice, roasted walnut aromas. Supple cherry pastille, cranberry fruits, fine chalky, al dente textures and underlying roasted complexity. Drink now, keep for a while.
91 points, Ned Goodwin MW, 2022 James Halliday Wine Companion:
"Picked across a number of parcels for a panoply of varying textures and flavour profiles. Scents of dark cherry, tea tree, mint and green peppercorn. Iodine and a swab of tapenade, too. This is good drinking for the money. Flavour, poise and refreshment in spades, with a lithe tannin profile tucking in the seams for savouriness over fruit."
90 points, Wine Advocate 2022, Erin Larkin:
"This 2021 McLaren Vale Shiraz is juicy, buoyant, pure, bright and delicious. It is exactly (and I mean EXACTLY) what you look for when picking up a value Shiraz. This is a cracking little wine. It's not complex— and I'd drink it young—but it is layered with all the minerals and bouncy fruits you could want, and then some."
Reviews of the 2020 Shiraz:
93 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin:
"This is very good regional shiraz, implementing a controlled chord of reduction to constrain lilac, cracked pepper, clove, charcuterie and blue-fruit accents. Fine tension. Compelling length. The lushness of the Vale iterated almost as a cooler-climatic expression. Fine-boned tannins and savoury spice inflections. Versatile at the table."
91 points, James Suckling: "Attractive blackcurrant aromas and hints of leaves. There's a real blue-fruit edge to this shiraz. The palate has quite a brisk, assertive feel with smoothly delivered blueberry and blackcurrant flavors."
Reviews of previous vintages:
95 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "Oh come all ye faithful lovers of McLaren Vale shiraz. It's hard to say whether the variety or the region is the most important - and true - contributor to the depth and outright richness of this shiraz. The tannins also ring true to the theme, leaving no doubt about its longevity."
93 points, James Halliday 2019 Wine Companion "It delivers a solid whack of dark berried flavour. This is a sure-footed wine, well-balanced and finished, with fluid delivery of coffee cream, blackberry, plum and choc-mint flavours. From start to finish, it keeps you satisfied."
Gary Walsh, June 2017, The Wine Front www.winefront.com.au "Blackberry, smoky grilled meat sprinkled with pepper, a bit of purple flowers or something like that. Medium bodied, flavoursome, almost slurpy, but a bit more in it than that, with light tannin, spice and dark fruits, and a tidy finish. Lovely wine, drinking very well young. Doing a good job of it here." 91 points
Huon Hooke, March 2017, www.huonhooke.com "Deep red/purple colour and a ripe, concentrated, deep-fruited aroma and palate flavour. The texture is soft and easygoing. Peppery blackberry and dark plum aromas. Concentrated, rich, soft and rounded. A very smart shiraz for one so young." 90 points
Sand Road Grenache
It's almost a prerequisite that McLaren Vale wine brands should have a Grenache in their line up. The jewel of the region, our juicy and lingering Grenache gives us the warmth of growing up in the country nostalgia, think outdoor life - riding bikes, bakery treats, swooping magpies and hanging with mates.
This wine is approachable, super food friendly - or great on its own. Get to know it better in your own comfortable space or come and visit ours.
92 points, Winepilot, August 2023: https://winepilot.com/story/hither-yon/ "There’s always something special about McLaren Vale Grenache, and I enjoyed this one a lot. It’s bright and juicy (and particularly vibrant with food), showing lots of red and black fruits (wild strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, stewed plums) and some spicy cinnamon and black pepper. Give it some time to breathe and it will express itself confidently, both on the first night and the second."
Tony Love, InDaily February 2023: "From the Leask brothers’ youngest Grenache vines at 13 years old, crafted into a youthful, fragrant, bistro style with 20% whole bunch influence in the winemaking that offers a subtle sappiness in the palate. While you are being seduced by its floral aromas and freshly squeezed plum and apple juiciness, you should pause for a mo, as it has plenty to offer in its textural game, lip-smacking and with an appealing spicy/peppery tannin profile in the palate and finish. Bistro, yes, and very food conscious as well – its own crew suggests pairing it with the vegetable and cheese pasty from the Willunga Bakery."
Dark forest berries, cooling and inviting. Bold, vivacious, medium body, a lot of pizzazz! Dash of clove spice, nice glide and black cherry fruitiness carries the wine forward.
Smooth and bright, juicy with a long band of purple fruit flavour, carried with energy by the tautly fitted frame of tannins.
90 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "An everyday quaff, suggesting that handling of this early ripening variety is getting better. Bing cherry, iodine, lilac and lavender. The tension is serviced by reduction as much as a verdant lilt and vanillin streak of gentle tannins."
92 points, James Suckling 2022, Nick Stock: "A mid-weight red that has good purtity of blueberry and cherry fruit with a faint floral and white-pepper edge. Holds a sleek and succelent stance in the mouth and delivers a vividly fresh squeeze of tannin through the finish. Drink over the next 3 years. Screw cap."
Reviews of the 2020 Tempranillo:
92 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock: "A wealth of blackcurrant, blueberry and violet florals that are really expressive and sweetly fragrant. The palate has a tautly fitted frame of tannin that carries juicy blue-fruit flavor. Fresh and crisp"
'Best in Australian Tempranillo' - Young Gun on Wine
This made the top-six lists of five tasters, with Wren placing it first on his sheet, while Andrew had it just one place back. Forbes, Jones and Infimo also rated it highly. “Cherry cola on the nose coupled with lifted red fruits such as cherries and plums – reminiscent of a summer berry pudding,” wrote Andrew. “The line of acid and tannin provide energy on the palate and carry the vibrant fruit which presents as juicy and moreish on the mid-palate."
Reviews of the 2019 Tempranillo:
92 points, Jane Faulkner, James Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021 "A lot of pizzazz packed into this with its cherry-accented fruit, sarsaparilla and woodsy spices. It's medium-bodied, juicy with firm tannins and a slight green edge on the finish means having this with food."
91 points, James Suckling: "This is a bold, vivacious style with plenty of deep-set blueberries and cassis and a smooth and bright, juicy palate that carries a long band of bright, blue-fruit flavor."
Reviews of the 2018 Tempranillo:
95 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "Full of flavour, texture and life. This is about as full-bodied as tempranillo gets and, even better, it comes dressed in velvet. Plum, black cherry and cola flavours sweep through the palate in convincing fashion. Fine-grained tannin stitches the finish into a neat package. It's good."
92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front: (Posted on 09 July 2020) "It would appear we are a little late on this one, as I note, while grabbing a bottle image, that they’re on to the 2019 on their web shop. Oh well. Come hither. Cherry and plum, a little earth, BBQ sausage, and spice. It’s medium-bodied, with pleasingly sooty tannin, ample fruit and balanced acidity, a bit of sweet strawberry freshness in the mix, and a nice long even finish. What a charming wine it is. Speaks of region and grape most eloquently."
2019 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show - Bronze Medal "Bright red fruit strawberry and fine powdery tannins. Soft juicy and within the frame of the varietal fruit with balanced plushness and fine tannins. Cherry ripe, chocolate. Nice crunch tannins. Exotic flavours reminiscent of an Icelandic picnic."
Reviews of 2017 Tempranillo:
James Halliday, 07 August 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au "Full, bright hue; red and black cherry on the bouquet lead directly into the palate before savoury tannins try to take a grip on proceedings." 89 points
Mike Bennie, WBM, May/June 2018, 92 points "A more serious-feeling Tempranillo than expected with concentration and richness on its side. Perfume is appropriately floral, rose hip tea- imbued and shows whiffs of choc- Turkish Delight, while the palate is more mulberry sweetness and a dash of clove/cinnamon spice. Some real glide here too. 14.5%"
Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review, May 2018, https://www.ozwinereview.com "Another varietal ‘17 Vale red from Hither & Yon team. Molten, dark berry nose – it’s not Rioja but gee it’s expansive and thick fruited with that southern McLaren Vale inky density. At first I thought this might be too ripe and slick sweet, but the tannic depth and wafts of choc berry carries this forward. A genuinely substantial McLaren Vale Tempranillo. Best drinking: Wait a year or so to see it at its best and drink in 10. 17.5/20, 91/100. 14.5%, $27."
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, November 2017: Gold Medal, 95 points
Reviews of 2016 Tempranillo:
James Halliday, August 2018, 93 points and red value star, www.winecompanion.com.au "Made from two pickings, almost 3 weeks apart. Open fermented, whole berries and bunches, and 6 months in French oak. Unequivocally varietal bouquet, with lifted aromas of fresh cherry, blueberry, and cola extract, spliced with a more savoury element. Fresh, juicy and flavoursome, but moderated by the fine tannin. Delicious."
Huon Hooke, February 2017, 90 points, www.huonhooke.com "Deep, young purple/red colour. The wine is full-bodied and fruit-driven on the palate with bold, bright young flavour and soft but persuasive tannins. The wine is very young and primal but very good. Balance and mouth-feel are excellent and it just remains to be seen what some bottle-age might bring."
Stuart Robinson. December 2016. 90 points. www.thevinsomniac.com "Delicious Joven style: jubey, juicy, fruits of the forest mix. The kinda wine you want to sink your head into: cooling, calming, intriguing, inviting. There's a darker edge to the palate, a light rub of tannin. Medium bodied, a twist of aniseed - lush fruit. Strikes this balance between downright simplicity, with a little dark underbelly. Would easily handle a summer-necessary chill."
2015 Tempranillo reviews:
Mike Bennie. WBM Magazine. May 2016. 93 points. "This is Tempranillo marching to its own beat. Neither joven nor Riserva, it's a slurpy, slippery, medium weight thing that shows choc-cherry and anise characters in perfume and flavours, lushness of fruit and a lightly sandy finish. It's seriously great drinking and could take a light chill too."
Wine Enthusiast (USA). March 2016. 91 points. Dark cherry in colour with black infections at the core, this wine has a pleasantly vinous nose of pomegranate seeds and blueberries. Sweet spice and perk acidity invigorate the medium bodied palate, while supple rounded tannins hang in the background. The finish lingers with cinnamon-dappled raspberry pie flavors. Even if only moderately complex, this wine is incredibly easy to sip. Drink now through to 2018.
Stuart Robinson. March 2016. 91 points. www.thevinsomniac.com Savoury, woody hints, flashes of blue fruit, a little black cherry. In the house style: a juicy fruit-bomb, not lacking in a little savoury depth - a second pick of fruit comprising 12% of the wine was allowed a little extra hang-time, with some whole bunch inclusion - a little acidic reach into the corners of the palate. A light rub of tannin, some black licorice and a little bitter cocoa. Juicy, moreish, another winner from the H&Y team.
Huon Hooke. March 2016. www.huonhooke.com "Deep red colour with a trace of purple. Dark cherry fruit pervades the bouquet, becoming chaffy with airing, while the palate is ironstony and firm, straightforward and plum-pippy, ending with a trace of bitterness. A pretty good temp."
Andrew Graham. March 2016. 88points. www.ozwinereview.com.au Juicy red fruit, wet brick Temp varietal characters, then more raspberry and cola fruit with a little earth. It’s a nice 'joven' style this, all fruit, minimal oak and light sandy tannins. Slurpable, juicy wine, if a tad simple. Best drinking: 2017-2021.
2022 was an ideal growing season;damp winter, calm spring, and mild summer. Providing lovely conditions for fruit set, balanced ripening, relaxed canopies, and of course healthy soils, courtesy of our regenerative farming practices.
The quality of the vintage is evident in this Nero d'Avola. With a crimson colour, the wine is showing blackberries, bergamot, jube, hazelnut, and spiced chai flavour. Red earth provides a natural filter and carry for the round body and succulent finish.
16, Max Allen, Jancis Robinson, October 2023: "This has been a consistent award-winner for H&Y and is one of the wines that really led the charge for Nero in the Vale. Cold-soaked (to embolden colour and fruit),ambient-yeast fermented, a year in older puncheons. Really a benchmark example of the plush, ‘wall-of-sound’, McLaren Vale Nerostyle, with loads of black, purple fruit and a big wash of supple tannin flooding the mouth."
94 points, Winepilot, August 2023: https://winepilot.com/story/hither-yon/ "N ero d’Avola is at home in Sicily but it has well and truly been embraced by Australia, too, being one of the most widely planted “alternative red varieties” here. The first thing I noticed was the supremely ripe fruit, which came across like those squishy raspberry lollies that I could eat a truckload of. There’s an abundance of other fruit here (blackberry, strawberry, red cherry), some black pepper spiciness, and some violet prettiness. It has a real presence in the mouth, full bodied and concentrated, and the palate overall is just glorious. A thoroughly enjoyable wine.
Reviews of 2021 Nero d'Avola
89 points, MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, December 2023: "Crisp, vibrant blackberry, raspberry puree and black pepper notes show accents of Earl Grey tea, with a firming accent on the finish, courtesy of loamy earth e. Drink now."
91 points, James Suckling, April 2023: "Blackberries, blackcurrants, bay leaves and hints of hazelnuts here. Creamy and medium-bodied with ripe tennis and a fruity, balances and juicy finish. Drink now."
Reviews of 2020 Nero d'Avola
93 points, Halliday Companion 2022,Ned Goodwin: "Handpicked, destemmed and crushed, with 50% whole berries kept intact. Fermented wild in an open-top concrete fermenter after a three-day cold-soak. 12 mths. in used French wood. A very warm year, this mid-weighted wine still manages verve, nero's dusty pliancy and easy drinkability quotient. Raspberry, lilac, bergamot, blue fruit aspersions, anise and thyme. A succulent swigger best served cool."
93 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock: "Impressive vintage here, this has a very fresh red-plum, raspberry, herb and leaf nose. So youthful and vivid. The palate holds good tone and depth. So much red-berry and plum fruit here. Drink over the next four years."
Reviews of 2019 Nero d'Avola
~ Best McLaren Vale Wine - Crowned "The Bushing Monarch" in 2019 ~
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "50% whole berries in the ferment. Extracted sensitively, before being transferred to used French oak. Despite the relentless heat and ensuing challenges, this has turned out well. Pulpy texture and vibrant aroma. Lilac, root spice, black cherry and anise. A sassy, easygoing mid-weight wine with a sash of dusty tannin."
91 points, The Real Review, Huon Hooke: "Deepish purple/red colour. Aromas are of dried herbs, fresh earth and dusty roads, the taste is rich and ripely fruit-sweet at the centre, medium to full in body, with abundant tanins following up, which have the right level of grip. A hint of raspberry jam later. It's not especially complex but is certainly delicious."
Reviews of 2018 Nero d'Avola
2019 MGA McLaren Vale Wine Show:
Trophy: Best McLaren Vale Wine - "The Bushing Monarch"
Trophy: Best Mediterranean Variety Red Wine
2020 International Sydney Wine Competition:
Trophy winner forBest Full Bodied Dry Red Table Wine
Blue-Gold Award (tasted with food) and one of the Top 100 Wines of the Competition.
95 points, James Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021:
"At the upper end of the scale for Nero d'Avola. It's varietal, and certain to burst into song with appropriate Italian cuisine."
Reviews of 2017 Nero d'Avola:
James Halliday, 01 August 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au
"Bright crimson-purple hue; juicy blood plums are the driver of the wine, but with good tannins structure and an attractive savoury nip to the fruit. Three trophies, including Best Wine of Show, Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show '17." 95 points
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2017, http://www.winefront.com.au
"There’s exuberance and enthusiasm around Hither & Yon, and they’re making a lot of very good, easy to like, personality-filled wines. Plenty of different grape varieties, blends and general vitality in their set. Nero d’Avola here built for pleasure and speed.
Sloshy, fun little drink but has a touch of class amongst its boardshorts and sandals vibe. Shows up with currant and cherry scents, a touch of sea spray and salt bush, a dash of pepper for good measure. Flavours are sour-cherry, lightly malty, a touch cherry cola-esque and fresh, vibrant, crisp in feel. Slips down without a snag, a supple but bright splash of medium weight juice. My brain went to pizza straight away, the lowbrow but delicious American, topping-laden kind with heretical pineapple or twelve toppings. Yum."
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, November 2017
Trophy: Best Wine of Show
Trophy: Best Red Wine of Show
Trophy: Best Nero d'Avola
Max Allen, Australian Financial Review, 23rd November 2017, www.afr.com "This is a bloody ripper of a young red. No wonder it won three trophies (including best of show) at this year's AAVWS. It has a gorgeous saturated colour, heaps of voluptuous, seductive berry fruit, supple grippy tannins crying our for some garlicky charcoal-grilled lamb, and a lovely vibrant freshness about it, despite the 14.5% alcohol. Moreish. Delicious. Goes on sale soon at the Hither & Yon cellar door."
Adelaide Review, Hot 100 Wines 2017/2018, https://www.adelaidereview.com.au/tag/hot-100-wines-2017-18/
Fruit Forward Reds; "Uber-fragrant and lithe. Whisk this one off to a picnic and enjoy on a super fancy rug."
Reviews of 2016 Nero d'Avola:
Gold Medal at the CWSA 2017, http://www.cwsa.org
Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review, April 2018, https://www.ozwinereview.com
"A vibrant Nero from Hither & Yon. A grape with real promise in the warmer parts of the Vale.
Lovely raspberry and red currant nose – a cavalcade of black and red berries. Sandy tannins, black licorice and dark fruit that dances on the right side of ripeness. This is what Nero should taste like – grippy tannins. black fruit, a hint of dried leaves, lots of flavour. Really good and all for 13% alcohol. Best drinking: Now to five years plus. 17.7/20, 92/100. 13%, $30."
Reviews of 2015 Nero d'Avola:
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, November 2015.
Trophy: Best Red Wine of Show.
Trophy: Best Italian Red Variety.
Trophy: Best Nero d'Avola.
August 2016. James Halliday - Wine Companion. 90 Points www.winecompanion.com.au
"Attractive juicy red berry flavours; the wine doesn't need any oak amelioration; good length."
Huon Hooke, March 2016. www.huonhooke.com "Deep purple/red colour, very bright and youthful. It's very grapy: sweet-fruited and raspberry-like to taste, fresh and bright and clean. A straightforward, fresh, primary fruit-driven style without much complexity or secondary characters."
Stuart Robinson, January 2016. www.vinsomniac.com "The brand and wines out of the portfolio remain some of the most consistent, drinkable and exciting out of the region. Jubey, black fruited, juicy, heavenly, intoxicating, alluring. The barest hint of licorice, fennel, touch of grilled linguica, more about black fruit. Medium bodied, easy going, straddles a line of sweet black fruit with some Italianate seasoning."
Gary Walsh, October 2015, The Wine Front www.winefront.com.au "Great packaging on all these Hither & Yon wines. Honey nougat, raspberry, some spice and flowers, char-grilled sausage, and that metallic thing Nero often has going on. Medium bodied, talks pretty sweet, but tastes almost dry when the light sandy tannin and herbal seasoning bring it back into line. Not a very deep wine, as such, but interesting and good to drink."
Reviews of 2014 Nero d'Avola:
Trophy for 'Best Italian Red Wine'. Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, Nov 2014.
92 points. Mike Bennie. April 2015. www.wbmonline.com.au "Lots to like about this Nero d'Avola. Its juicy, fresh, lightly spiced and set to the bold sweetness of red fruits without strying into the jammy zone. It opens up with pretty floral, rose petal and spice scents, with a good dose of wild raspberry fruit alongside. Has some restraint and seriousness about it."
Walter Speller. Feb 2015. www.jancisrobinson.com "Sweet leafy raspberry fruit and very clean on the nose. The leafiness is quite distinct and makes the impression of young vines, but this has a good fruit expression on the palate with soft drying tannins and integrated but matching acidity. Promising. (WS) 13.8%"
91 points. Stuart Robinson. Dec 2014. www.thevinsomniac.com "Nero lives up to its name here, with an inky darkness emanating from the glass. Red and black fruits and something - I wrote at the time - like hanging your head over a pan of sizzling pork and fennel snags. Delightful herbal and spice notes too. Plump entry - cushioned and soft on the tongue - depth and spice kick-in, a fine rub of tannin. More licorice and fennel seed spice mops up at the back. So delicious, so moreish. Grand drinking for something that can be had for a shade over 20 beans."
91 points. Gary Walsh. Nov 2014. www.winefront.com.au "Plenty of Nero character. Bursting with ripe dark berries, raw almonds, fragnant and sweet dried herbs with a handful of black jelly beans tossed in for good measure. Medium bodied, fleshy and ripe, with well rounded tannin and almost a gummy feel in the mouth - certainly good to chew and swirl round - bright jubey fruit flavours, savoury dried herbs and glorious food friendly tannin mops up the finish. Super drinking here. Can't recommend it highly enough."
A super fruity wine with some real character. The berries (raspberry, blueberry and mulberry) are juicy and brambly and are balanced nicely by savoury notes of liquorice and dried herbs. This wine has quite a soft, lovely lingering finish, refreshing, spring/summer type red, we call it our “Caravan” wine.
16.5, Max Allen, Jancis Robinson, October 2023: "Vines planted in 2013, last red variety to be harvested in 2022, made in two batches– one free-run juice, lighter, fruitier; the other whole-berry, crushed, pressings added back, more structural – then blended for 6 months’ maturation in older puncheons. Enticing, black fruit, good vinosity, fine and focused. Keeps Carignan’s earthiness, growly tannins and gaminess as background notes, brings the delicious fruitiness into the foreground.”
91 points, James Halliday Companion, Ned Goodwin MW: "This is good. Perhaps the most convincing red of the suite, particularly in light of a variety endowed with astringent mettle and inherently high acidity. Placated, toned and let loose with what feels like gentle extraction and the right sort of oak treatment. Red pastille, kirsch, bergamot and a herbal tannic twine directing the fray. Mid-weighted, fresh, intense of flavour and yet light on its feet. Immensely versatile at the table. Easy drinking.”
92 points, The Wine Front: "I do enjoy Carignan, especially from creaking old vines, though this offering from a vineyard planted in 2014 shows a fresher face, but still has excellent varietal character.Red and blue fruits, a little ironstone and scrub herb perfume, even some choc-liquorice. It’s medium-bodied, gently saline and savoury, light grip of tannin, good freshness and perfume, and offers a chewy finish of solid length, with a bit of amaro/orange peel trailing. Lots of character, and good to drink. Like it."
Reviews of the 2021 Carignan:
90 points, MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, December 2023: "This has a wonderful energy to the core of red fruit flavors, including wild strawberry, cranberry and maraschino cherry. Reveals hints of clove-heavy chai tea that are supple, juicy and plush on the long finish. Drink now."
92 points, James Halliday Companion, Ned Goodwin MW: "Grapes like this excite me. They are torrid and equipped with natural astringency and bright acidity, something that most traditional grapes in these parts lack. And? The wines have tension, detail and the savoury sort of lattice between fruit and finish that is required for a second glass. This is handled orchestrally. Red fruits, thyme, rosemary and scrub. A deft approach to gentle extraction that renders character without carignan's facility for hardness. Simple. Perhaps. But a tattoo of crushable drinkability reads 'thrills with a chill'."
Reviews of the 2020 Carignan:
92 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock: "Such attractive, brambly raspberry and blackberry aromas here with a flurry of wild herbs, too. So fresh. The palate has vibrant red-berry flavors that sit lively, framed in bright, easy tannins. Very drinkable now. "
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "I can't think of many varieties better suited to the dry Mediterranean climate of McLaren Vale. Able to withstand torrid conditions while embedding its wines with a wiry cage of tannin and bright acidity, carignan is one of many tickets into the future. This producer champions plenty of others. A partial wild fermentation and short élevage in older French wood intuits promise: cherry pith, thyme, mint, liquorice. The tannins, as expected. Thrills with a chill."
Reviews of the 2019 Carignan:
91 points, The Real Review, Huon Hooke: "Bright, medium to deep red/purple colour. The nose is savoury, earthy as well as plummy, dark fruits driving the wine. A hint of pepper. Medium to full-bodied, abundant tannins which are powdery and supple. Some chocolate. Good drinking already and will take some age."
91 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front: "Vibrant, forest berry fruitiness, sprigs of green herb, minty notes, peppery stuff. Palate is light and lithe, sizzles with tart acidity in a good way, shows a feathery lick of earthy tannin. Spice, cranberry, kind of transparent, exotic things, it’s interesting and good. I like it. A bit amaro?"
91 points, James Suckling: "This has red-flower and leafy aromas, as well as some earthy nuances. Vibrant raspberries and tart red cherries. Succulent appealingly fresh raspberries and redcurrants on the palate with fine, crisp tannins."
Juicy, delicious and ready to drink now, this beauty has ripe red berry fruits, root spices and rose petals bursting from the glass. The palate is smooth and layered, with supple tannins and an earthy finish that make for a charming, fruit-driven wine that pairs well with tomato-based dishes.
"Beautifully fragrant, the natural spicy, floral qualities of both varieties complementing and enhancing each other; crunchy red berries on the tongue, more spice, vibrant and savoury, with a touch of sour dark-cherry pip on the finish." (MA)
92 points, Wine Advocate 2022, Erin Larkin: "The Touriga imbues this 2021 Grenache Touriga blend with a backbone, a deep well of concentrated fruit and layers of firm tannins. The Grenache swims through all of it, leaving a trail of raspberries and peppercorns in its wake. Lovely wine. Great stuff here.Vibrant."
90 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin MW:
"The touch here, more refined with this vintage. Nice drinking. Grenache's pinosité playing rhythm to T aromatic and peppery vibrato. The wine just needs a juicier chord across the mid-palate. Rose petal, lilac, smattered Mediterranean herb and cherry soda. Energetic and effusive of flavour. A prosaic, eminently drinkable wine destined for the fridge."
92 points, James Suckling 2022; Nick Stock: "This blend sees the sheen of touriga elevate grenache and also twist it a shade darker. More blue and purple fruit than red seen here, and there's a very handy sense of concentration and purity. Gentle layer of liquorice to close. Drink now. Screw cap."
Reviews of the 2020 Grenache Touriga:
92 points, Halliday Companion 2022; Ned Goodwin MW: "A vibrant, floral and full-weighted red with a skein of peppery freshness and frisky tannins that belie the weight; more savoury and mid weighted as a result. Black cherry, cinnamon, violet, purple gummy bears and sassafras. There's a smoky riff across the back end, but it fails to detract from the freshness, drinkability and imminent appeal."
91 points, James Suckling 2020, Nick Stock: "A complex and youthful blend, this shows aromas of blue fruit and flowers with red berries and cassis, too. Seamless. The palate is bright and dynamic, with a smooth build. Layered, with supportive, crunchy acidity."
91 points, The Real Review, Huon Hooke: "Medium-depth of purple/red colour, fresh and bright. The aromas are fresh and fruit driven: red cherry and raspberry, while the palate is medium-bodied at most and pleasantly intense with good drying tannins balancing the fruit. A delicious juicy-fruit style, made to enjoy young, but I’m sure it will also age well."
Reviews of the 2019 Grenache Touriga:
95 points, Jane Faulkner, 2021 James Halliday Wine Companion: "What appeals is how the fruit does the talking. Winemaking merely the guide. Made in a fresh, drink now style yet with some depth and shape thanks to its grainy tannins and savoury overlay. Delicious."
90 points, James Suckling: "Attractive raspberry and papaya aromas here with red plums and blackcurrants. The palate has crisp, chalky texture and fresh red-berry and red-papaya flavors. Juicy-fruit finish."
90 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front: "Bright and vivacious style, feels fresh, berry fruited, pretty and decidedly sweet. Sweetness sticks in the craw a bit but you get the feeling this bottle won’t last long around the right crowd. A neat chomp of gummy tannin does good for some balance, too. Fun!"
Reviews of the 2018 Grenache Touriga:
93 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "The fancy of freshness. Raspberry, spice, strawberry pie and anise notes fly attractively through the palate, charming as they go. It's a 55/45% blend; it saw no new oak (40% was kept in stainless); the flavours and scents burst merrily from the glass. It's a lovely wine. Serious quality, fun style."
2019 Drink Easy Competition: "Ripe, plush plums, cherries - fat juicy summer red fruits. The acidity is here and strong but flexible tannins keep it fresh as. Delicious drinking."
60% Touriga and 40% Tempranillo. Raspberry liquorice with dark cherry and plum fruit, garden mint and sage. Delicious and juicy to start, subtle come-hither attractive, but reveals its natural side soon into the palate, quite firm, mineral and nicely savoury. Not too tough, but a bit wild for sure, thirst quenching, the two varieties playing in unison, friendly and coastal.
Bright cherry ruby. This opens up with a delicious core of berry fruits - blackberry and dark cherry laced with red strawberry and tobacco spice. It then flows through to a chocolate, inky and earthy core of flavour with tannin torque through to a beautifully sustained finish. Very impressive.
92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, April 2023:
These blokes make some very tasty wine. So purple and intense. There’s salted plum, sarsaparilla, violet, a fair bit of ozone, dark chocolate and liquorice, and toasted hazelnut. Fleshy and ripe, all the toasted nuts and cherry chocolate, are also quite salty and umami, with silty tannin, lavish flavour, ferrous and wheaty, with a rich finish.
Starts with blueberry syrup, black liquorice and floral details of violet, segueing to toasted green tea on the juicy core. Reveals firming, earthy tannins and a hint of fresh mint on the finish, Touriga Nacional and Tempranillo. Drink now."
Pleasing dark fruit with the black tea-leaf note that I sometimes associate with Tempranillo. Finish has lots of medicinal qualities, proper complexity and fragrance. Savoury and tight in structure. (RH)
94 points, Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal, December 2022:
Medium crimson. Musky plum, blueberry, red cherry aromas with lifted aniseed notes. Subtle, sweet and juicy with blue fruits, slinky loose knit tannins and refreshing pure acidity. Finish is chalk and mineral. Attractive early fruit forward drinking style. Drink now, soon.
92 points, Wine Advocate 2022, Erin Larkin:
The 2021 Touriga Tempranillo is layered with salted licorice, pomegranate, raspberry leaf tea, garden mint and brine. This is thoroughly enjoyable and not at all the "prohibitively tannic" wine I was expecting. (I love tannins, and these are very fine.) It is mineral and juicy and all kinds of good. Highly recommended.
92 points, The Wine Front 2022, Mike Bennie:
Touriga and tempranillo, blended for your pleasure. Oof, so purple-fruited, juicy-slurpy and outrageously delicious. It’s inky dark in colour and vibrant as all get out, a cavalcade of raspberry liquorice, blood plums, woody spice and cherry cola. Gently savoury in all that too, but its way more about that friendly and bombastic nature and a vivid portal to the varieties, with come-hither attractive everything. While it does all this, it sits quietly complex in its detail too. A no brainer. Slosh it around with abandon.
92 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin:
"This is delicious drinking, attesting to the future of the Vale as makers become more proficient with better suited varieties. Touriga services the floral perfume and vibrancy, while Tempranillo fills the mid-palate with dark cherry, thyme, mint and sage, pushing the flavours long across a twine of dusty chamois tannins. Mid-weighted of feel, immensely versatile and nicely savoury."
We can't think of a better variety for our future than this southern Italian rustic beauty.
Lovely big late ripening bunches with plenty of natural acid and earthy tannin, personality plus! It provides us with a savory and refreshingly drying, delicious food friendly red, made for the table.
Regeneratively grown from grass to glass, the old world in new hands.
Bushing King, Best Wine of the Show, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2022 Best Single Vineyard Wine, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2022 Best Mediterranean Red Variety, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2022
17+ points, Max Allen, Jancis Robinson, October 2023: : "Planted in the late 2000s, Hither & Yon’s Aglianico is, according to Richard Leask, the ‘most hand-pampered variety in the vineyard, with a tendency to big yields’. The pampering clearly pays off: this vintage won the trophy for best wine at the 2022 McLaren Vale Wine Show. Unlike all the other reds from H&Y, this doesn’t have immediate obvious fruit; instead, it saves its charms for when it’s safely on the tongue, where it unfurls layers and layers of deeply subtle red fruit and long, grippy, savoury tannins."
Reviews of 2019 Aglianico:
93 points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit: "It's immediately appealing on the nose with dark cherry, smoked game, olive and spicy oak characters. The palate delivers excellent weight and silky flow, wonderfully framed by fine grainy tannins, making it sturdy and robust with a persistent enticing finish. At its best: now to 2033."
87 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "Ascendancy is incremental here, with small details improved each year. Hand picked, a longer maceration, a judicious meld of whole berries, crushed material and a dollop of whole bunches, and larger French oak, noted. A mid ruby. Notes of tobacco leaf, sour red fruits and verdant herb. Seems to have been picked on acidity, rather than ripeness. Decent drinking, but better with more weight and ripeness."
Reviews of 2018 Aglianico:
91 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock: "Plenty of spices on the nose, such as cinnamon and anise, with ripe plum and blood orange, as well as berry biscuit and brown tea. The palate has fine but assertive tannins that have been gently cut to deliver a crisp finish with bright red-cherry flavor. "
90 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "Hand picked and fermented with 10% each whole berries and whole bunches. Brooding, compact and forceful. Reliant on a phalanx of tobacco-crusted tannins, both as homage to great Campanian expressions as much as a savoury lance, fending off excess. Damson plum, cherry pith, mint and agrodolce scents. "
Reviews of 2017 Aglianico:
91 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front: "Strawberry chocolate and mint bouquet. Wild! Game meat in the mix of that unusual perfume combo, flavours do the same, it feels wide and loose but tannin comes late and rumbles. Mad style this. Kind of all over the place, great to sip on, I like the mojo, but expect something different."
90 points, James Suckling: "There's a fresh, red plum and berry nose here with an earthy, savoury edge on the palate, as well as ripe, gently sinewy tannins."
Reviews of 2016 Aglianico:
92 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion "Kind of leathery, kind of chocolatey, kind of berried. The net effect is pleasant plus. Firm, graphite-infused tannin and an impressive push of flavour through the finish add up to a wine worthy of respect."
Reviews of 2015 Aglianico:
93 points Decanter, Sarah Ahmed: "This is a compellingly savoury, brawnier take on another southern Italian grape. Long and textural, with blackberry, salted black olives, leather, violets, bitter chocolate and wormwood."
Reviews of 2014 Aglianico:
Decanter World Wine Awards. May 2016. www.decanter.com 93 points. "Black plum, lots of spice and a touch of leather. Lovely structure, fresh acidity, firm tannins, raspberry notes and a long savoury finish."
Campbell Mattinson. September 2016. www.thewinefront.com.au 90 points. "An interesting wine from an interesting producer. Volcanic rocks. It’s an odd descriptor and I cannot profess to have licked too many, but taste this wine and the volcanic rock descriptor springs to mind. Such is wine. Such perhaps is the power of suggestion. This is ferrous and cherried, has a flash of garden herbs, and while light in both colour and flavour, it makes an impression. Something different in a good way. I can’t promise that you’ll taste ‘volcanic rocks’ too, but you will see that the flavour profile here rushes outside the norm."
Stuart Robinson. December 2016. www.thevinsomniac.com 91 points. "Savoury, of ash and bloodstock, liquorice; there's florals in the mix too, wild herbs. Light, airy, has the pumice stone lightness often seen in volcanic reds; red fruit, raspberry and cherry, juicy flowing length. Such a delicious consistency to this portfolio. Beautiful to drink."
Reviews of 2013 Aglianico:
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, Novbember 2015. Gold Medal.
Sarah Ahmed. October 2015. The Wine Detective. www.thewinedetective.co.uk "It’s a favourite grape which I sort of bunch together with Piedmont’s Nebbiolo and Portugal’s Baga – capable of wonderful aromatics and butch tannins – hopefully with enough fruit to join the dots between nose to tail. Very spicy with leather and inky florals to its plum and red berry fruit; ripe but present tannins and persistent acidity make for a well disciplined, serious finish. 12.6%"
Andrew Graham. June 2015. Australian Wine Review. www.ozwinereview.com 93 points "Of all the new generation Mediterranean red grapes to come our way, I've got to pick Aglianico as one of my favourites. Too get this much structure and flavour at 12.6% alcohol suggests that Aglianico might like it in McLaren Vale too. Bright plum red; the nose has a soft red fruit fragrance - there's a reference on the back label to 'pink marshmallow' which I think is great. Sappy, dry palate is framed with tannins - bitter, mouth-cleansing, proper tannins. Complement that with some cherry red fruit late juiciness and you've got frankly one utterly delicious, dry and savoury red. Massive yes."
Tony Love. June 2015. The Advertiser - Taste. 4 and 1/2 Stars out of 5. "Ripping along with its mix of earthy herbs, anise-led spices and classic trio of cherry, plum and raspberry fruits, all slammed in there with a lightness of being; and fine medium bodied flow. Speaks lucidly of its origins and its new home - a delightful drink."
Gary Walsh. May 2015. www.thewinefront.com.au 91 points "Such a good grape Aglianico. I’m betting we’re going to see much more if it grown locally in the coming years. This is a good go at Aglianico. Cherry and juicy raspberry, liquorice, that typical, for want of better words, ‘volcanic rocks’ character that this grape often has, plus maybe some flowers. Medium bodied, well etched acidity and dry tannin almost scrapes it along the palate (in a good way), and bright juicy fruit, aromatic herbs and dusty tannin close it out. Refreshing style with a bit of complexity. In some ways, not an easy wine to rate, though it’s certainly easy to recommend."
Stuart Robinson. May 2015. www.thevinsomniac.com 90 points. "Licorice root, amaro/bitter wood and herb - deliciously savoury with a dark undercurrent. Fruit, by way of cherry and plum, with a moreish tang and juiciness. That black edge reappears on the back palate - a little licorice root against the lighter touch of raspberry over spice."
James Halliday. July 2015. www.thewinecompanion.com.au 90 points "Light, bright colour; a lively, indeed wild, ride: there's a lot of red fruits criss-crossed by herbs and brisk acidity."
A really interesting, medium-bodied wine with flavours of satsuma plum, smoked almonds, and liquorice. Dark fruited but soft and laid back, eucalyptus, brown soil feeling, like from the land. Ferrous and herbaceous, juicy and fresh with a chewy finish, great for sharing and food friendly. An attractive, personality plus Malbec!
91 points, Lisa Cardelli,Winepilot,October 2023: "Whenever I see that translucent blueish hue, a deep-like-a-dark-night colour, and a concentrated blueberry/plum/violet trio, I’m always in the Malbec territory. The moderate level of tannins is slowly building and keeps the momentum well past the end, leaving a bitter aftertaste that well contrast the plumpness of this wine."
Reviews of the 2021 Malbec:
91 points, James Suckling, April 2023: "A note of citrus lifts up the aromas of crushed plums, sour cherries and whole nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied with taut tannins. Juicy and fresh on the palate with a chewy finish. Drink now."
Reviews of the 2019 Malbec:
90 Points, The Wine Front - Gary Walsh: "Lovely label. Blood plum and spice, salted nuts, pistachio maybe, and an iron and floral perfume. Medium-bodied, saline and nutty, fine tannin, blood orange, skinsy tannin and a fresh raspberry finish, though those salty nuts come through as well. Good. Character plus."
92 points, James Suckling: "This has super fresh delivery of ripe purple berries and flowers with a smooth, gently fleshy palate that offers a deep core of dark plum and mil-chocolate flavors. Nicely done."
Reviews of the 2018 Malbec:
2019 Drink Easy Competition: "Cherry ripe, choc and some prominent oak whiffs, shows with good length and upfront there's good concentration and flavour"
Wine & Viticulture Journal - Spring Edition: "Subtle earth, spice and plum character on the nose along with deep chewy fruit and licorice. Rich and dense black-fruited palate, with some raspberry and a hint of herbs. Rich mouthfeel, acid line and oak well balanced. A nice quaffable wine."
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show - GOLD with 96 points: "Earth savoury, creamy texture and length. Soft and sublet well handled, more traditional Australian style. Ripe fruit and nice balance, fruity and juicy."
This is the first time since 2014 that we have done a 100% Mataro, back then we called it: "Monastrell" but also known as Mourvèdre. We feel like this is a real Australian version and we could not resist holding it back for a special small batch release. Intense pepper and rustic nose of red earth, dives into a big basket of blackberries, finishing with food-friendly tannins. It is firm now but has a solid structure for ageing, we are really proud of this, some power and passion here.
95 points, Gold Medal, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2023
93 points, Winepilot, August 2023: https://winepilot.com/story/hither-yon/ "Often seen alongside Shiraz and Grenache, Mataro (aka Monastrell/Mourvèdre) can be quite delightful by itself. While often leaning towards the dark spectrum, I found this Mataro to be very red-fruited, with high-toned characters of raspberry, mulberry, strawberry, a touch of black cherry, and some black pepper. It was both ultra-ripe while also having a high amount of acidity, which can be tamed when pairing with something spicy or richly flavoured."
This is our first 100% Montepulciano and the journey has been worth it! Montepulciano is a central Italian red wine variety, well suited to the warm maritime climate of McLaren Vale, late ripening with deep colour and robust tannins.
Blackberries, amaro herbs, cola flavours. Savoury, bramble mouthfeel, which is medium bodied, but powerful to the point, kind of rugged, grapey, off-the-vine natural feel. Certified carbon neutral, vegan-friendly wine.
88 points, Lisa Cardelli, Winepilot, October 2023: "Prunes, kirsch, bramble, stewed black plums and black cherry. Seems like that the crostata alla frutta nera (black fruit tart) that my grandmother used to make it’s finally back. Add some blue violets on the table, and I’m ready for my merenda (tea break). As inky as you can possibly imagine, the young and exuberant tannins are embracing the palate like my grandmother, strong of her many years as farmer, went on when I was a quarter of her height. It’s an honest wine, unpretentious like a good Italian farmer would be."
90 points, The Vintage Journal Summer Wine Guide 2023 : "Deep ruby in colour and fruit forward with lashings of liquorice allsorts, black cherry laced with allspice. Mid weight and chewy with firm tannins and a muscular texture, dark berry/ chocolaty fruits gently lingering to finish." ."
A fresh, fruity Pinot Noir brimming with wild berries, blossom, roses, earth and mushroom.
Bright and juicy, with elegant velvet tannins and a long fruit-driven palate. Pure magic paired with pan-fried sardines and salads with fresh herbs, especially when served lightly chilled.
"From a vineyard in Kangarilla about 390m above sea level, planted in 1999.Dark cherry, cardamom, dried roses, mint, an earthy/mushroom thing happening. It’s juicy and a little sappy, some ripe tomato and pomegranate, a slight chinotto bitterness through ripe cherry, light emery board tannin, and a firm finish of good length. Fruity and savoury, and good to drink. I like it."
92 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin
"Hand-picked. De-stemmed to 100% whole berries for an open fermentation. Élévage in older French wood for 7 mths. Straight-shooting Hills pinot with telltale notes of sandalwood, dark cherry, bergamot, rhubarb and sarsaparilla. These can get too sweet at times but here, handled with aplomb. Mid-weighted, lithe and expansive. Far from cerebral, but quality drinking at a fair price."
A wine that signifies a true connection to people and place. Adelaide Hills Syrah from the Hillenvale site, showing a super fragrant nose and a deep crunch of black fruit, beautifully finished with soft tannin and lovely texture.
We would like to thank Damien Coulthard for his time on the incredible piece of artwork displayed on this wine and hanging proudly in our cellar door.
"A delicious, soft and juicy Syrah that has plenty of tobacco, spicy meat, and citrus character. It's medium-bodied with creamy tannins and a fresh finish. Real Syrah character. Drink or hold."
93 points, Wine Advocate 2022, Erin Larkin:
"This 2021 Adelaide Hills Syrah is really fresh and vibrant. The palate is so alive—it has energy, race and pace for days. The length elevates the air. Lovely wine."
92 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin:
"This is good. Lifted, fresh and transparent, as a veil of blueberry, sapid red cherry and nori is given flutter by white pepper-doused acidity and a clench of reductive tension, perhaps a bit too heavily handled. Nothing, though, that an aggressive decant shan't resolve."
A lovely, dark, purple in the glass. Olive tapenade, iodine and woody herb aromatics. There's plenty bubbling away here, quite evocative truffle and earth. Brooding but balanced flavours of satsuma plum and black cherry, there's also some fine dark chocolate and spiced oak adding texture and mouthfeel. The tannins have an obvious presence ensuring all that power is focused and the length is long, firm and serious.
95 points (gold), 2021 The Real Review, Huon Hooke: "A lovely, dark, impenetrable purple in the glass. Black cherry, olive tapenade, iodine and dried herbs are the features of the aromatics. There's plenty bubbling away here, quite evocative. Powerful but balanced flavours of dark plum and black cherry, there's also some 70% cacao chocolate and creamy oak adding structure, texture and mouthfeel. The tannins have an obvious presence ensuring all that power is focused and the length is long, firm and serious."
93 Points, WineFront, Mike Bennie: "Top flight wine from the good folks at Hither & Yon. Powerful red, deep and dark. Brooding and feels like it’s just a wee baby. Ripe plum, sticky salted liquorice, woody spice, truffle and earth. Big and bold. Throaty and warm. Dark chocolate tannins all powdery and assertive. Done well, no missing this wine."
93 Points, James Suckling, June 2021: "Very attractive red berries and cherries here with some earth and chocolate too. The palate has a smooth feel with plush, gently grainy tannins carrying long. Approachable."
90 Points, Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020.
2016 Leask Shiraz:
James Halliday, Wine Companion, August 2018, 94 points. "This must have come from a very special site, with no frills vinification. It is medium to full-bodied, with exceptional mouthfeel, velvety but not the least heavy, the role of oak limited. It all works well. 26 years old vines, hand-picked, open-fermented, matured in used French puncheons for 18 months."
Plenty of red fruits to be enjoyed here including cherry and raspberry with a lovely lightness across the palate. There's a savoury edge to the wine, with an earthiness led by pine needles and herbs, making for absolutely wonderful drinking at the moment.
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "Old vines, dating from the 1940’s. Fermented wild in open-top fermenters. A brief maceration compared to the regional vanguard, with just 11 days on skins. Three years in used 400L French wood. Whole-berry aromatics of kirsch, rosewater and mulled wine. A swathe of menthol-laced tannins define the mid palate, while drying the finish. There is a lightness of being. A welcome pliancy, too. Just too minty."
Reviews of 2019 Leask Grenache:
93 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock: "Fresh raspberry, wild-herb and wet-stone aromas here with pomegranate and blood orange, as well as dried flowers. The palate holds a succulent line of tannin and fresh, bright raspberries, together with kumquat and blood orange. I like the sturdiness here."
90 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin MW: "A pallid ruby, with a spindly shaft of fibrous tannins, crunchy red berry and pomegranate scents heralding better Vale grenache. A vibrant grenache, showcasing a transparent pinosity."
Reviews of 2018 Leask Grenache:
95 points, Jane Faulkner, James Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021: "Vines planted in the '40s, whole berry with 10% whole bunches, cultured yeast and aged in French puncheons for 17 months. There's a lightness across the palate from fine sandpaper tannins and cherry and raspberry fruit. It's a lovely wine with savoury inputs and not at all confected. A whiff of pine needle/Mediterranean herbs comes and goes."
92 points, James Suckling: "There's quite a fresh and attractively crisp feel to this gently bold expression of Christie's Beach Formation soil type. The berries tread the line from red to darker tones and there's a savory, earthy edge. The palate has a succulently, bold and fluid feel with attractive tannin grain and a little grip."
Reviews of the 2017 Old Vine Grenache: 97 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "The sparks fly. It's rare for such a light wine to feel so imposing. The fruit is crisp and spicy, aniseed notes almost seem unsweetened, there's mint served in ever-so-pure form, and the way tannin introduces tension to the wine's unfolding drama is quite exquisite. It's grenache in a sky full of diamonds. It's something."
Reviews of 2016 Grenache: James Halliday, Wine Companion, August 2018, 97 points: "The first 100% varietal grenache by Hither & Yon. Bright, clear colour; a perfumed rose petal, spice and red fruits bouquet, the palate 100% delicious. A beautiful, effortless achievement of perfection, the red fruits and satin smooth tannins show none of the hot alcohol, dead fruit characters that I'm sure other makers might have achieved. I'm marching off with this to drink tonight."
Mike Bennie, WBM July 2018, 94 points: "Pretty, perfumed Grenache of high-toned floral and sweet spice fragrance, medium weight red berry fruitiness, a layer of vanilla-clove spice running riot. A plush, velvety feel to texture, too. Big tick for quality at price point. 14.2%, $80."
Vermentino is from Sardinia and Corsica in the West of Italy where it is regarded as a clean, aromatic and saline variety. This is our first Vermentino, we decided to go for a fun, skin-contact, refreshing style. Citrus peel, tangerine, semolina, ginger slices, fine grip texture, saline and thirst quenching, tight and clean, elan!
'Tis the season for giving, and what better gift than a dozen of Hither & Yon's finest wines? Our Merry Berry Dozen features a selection of 12 of our most popular wines, from our crisp Fiano to our bold Montepulciano. It's the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life, or for a festive holiday gathering.
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Fish n Sips Six Pack
As we gently warm into summer, minds and palates turn to the simple things - family time, on the porch, down at the shack or beach, fish and chips, ice creams, backyard cricket, reading that book, catching up with mates.
We think wine is a way to help re-wind this time of year down and refresh for next. So, our summer six is about making it easy to crack a bottle and share with fresh local food and friends, keeping it all light and breezy.
The wines we have chosen for our "Fish n Sips" pack ~ 2023 Petit Blanc, 2023 Aglianico Rosé & 2023 Vermentino ~ exhibit this piquancy, balanced with fruit crunch and vibrancy, beautifully. All you have to do now is find the perfect Summer match, cheers!